The final 30th anniversary gift for Sonic the Hedgehog is a semi-official version of the Green Hill Zone music with brand new lyrics.
Like most recent anniversaries the 30th birthday of Sonic the Hedgehog hasn’t been celebrated quite as lavishly as originally intended, with only a remaster of Sonic Colours and the promise of a new game sometime in the future.
There was a special online symphony as well, but the most exiting musical celebration has only come now: the first ever lyrics for the Green Hill Zone from the original Mega Drive game.
Masato Nakamura composed the music for the first two Sonic The Hedgehog games and just so happens to be the a founding member of pop band Dreams Come True, so he’s combined those two facts to make the music video below.
The only problem, of course, is that the lyrics are in Japanese, but website VGC has translated them and – shocker – they’re all about the joys of running really fast.
The song is already on Spotify, along with an alternative version with a faster tempo that’s much closer to that of the original Mega Drive version.
Tsugino Seno! De – On The Green Hill song lyrics
Not only are Sega happy to let the band use the Sonic themed music and artwork, but Sonic creator Yuji Naka tweeted his approval. ‘It feels like Sonic’s 30th anniversary. I’m happy’, he said.
When exactly the next Sonic game, called Sonic Rangers, will be released is unclear, as Sega recently admitted that they unveiled it too early, before there was really anything to show.
That means it’ll probably be a long while till we find out who’s doing the music for it, although it’ll be an uphill struggle to match the quality of Green Hill Zone.
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