in Sonic 3 (and the combined Sonic 3 & Knuckles), when I go to the Level Select and pick "Special Stage 1", it starts with the first one and cycles through them all. When you cleared one, it is skipped and every time you re-select "Special Stage" on the Level Select it continues cycling though the ones you have not cleared yet. It even keeps track of the emeralds you got. This comes very handy for practice and getting good at the blue sphere stages.
However, in Sonic and Knuckles, the behaviour is different: Every Time I select "Special Stage" the first one starts, no matter if I have cleared it before or not. I was not able to play any other special stage than the first one by using the level select.
Is there a way to pick the other special stages in sonic and knuckles from the level select? Or at least enable cycling though them all, like in Sonic 3?
Or is there a way to play the Sonic and Knuckles Special Stages from the combined Sonic 3 & Knuckles game from the level select? I can only pick the Sonic 3 ones plus the eight hidden special stage by Selecting the "Special Stage 2" Option, but there is no way that I have figured out to play the Sonic and Knuckles ones...
Help is greatly apreciated.