In 2023, there was a brief debate regarding the game's canonicity to the overall Sonic franchise. Ian Flynn initially stated that the game was non-canon, despite the fact that Sonic acknowledged the game's events in a Sonic Channel interview. However, this would later be revealed to be due to a change in the game's canonicity after he had been told it was non-canon. Flynn later firmly stated that the game had resumed being a canon entry in the series.
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In the game's data, found at the offset 0x32E of it's ROM are the strings "MINATO", referencing Minato Giken, the developer company that worked on the game.

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