Great list, which reminds me that I need to check out Sonic Chronicles at some point, if only to satiate my own morbid curiosity.
With you on sonic & knuckles, God I love that game, wish it got more respect,
Exactly! Listening to the Bombcast down the years has given me the impression that I was living in my own little bubble when I considered S&K (3?) the best in the franchise. I played so much of that as a kid, the day I discovered the Super Emeralds was a revelation!