In honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday on August 29th, this is my tribute/retrospective of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive and SEGA System 18 Arcade.
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s solo career and the 31st anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker video game (August 24th 1990)
To commemorate the occasion, I provide fun facts about the making of the Moonwalker video game – Al Nilsen (SEGA’s former head of global marketing) weighs in on working with Michael Jackson, regional differences/comparisons between the Japanese and North American versions of Moonwalker on the SEGA Mega Drive and SEGA Genesis respectively.
I briefly talk about Michael Jackson’s frequent collaborations with SEGA and The King of Pop’s various cameo appearances/musical contributions to video games – Space Channel 5, Yu Suzuki’s Digital Dance Mix, SEGA AS-1 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
I also compare the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Moonwalker game and the SEGA System 18 arcade game.