games have a rich tradition of this sort of thing, which is alternately amusing and disturbing depending on how close they ape the original - so let’s throw away clones and just go for things that were “maybe a bit too inspired”
Great Giana Sisters (for super mario bros of course - allegedly there was a lawsuit about this):
Fighter’s History (for street fighter - there was definitely a lawsuit about this):
(and incidentally I love that I still have no idea what mizoguchi is saying in this game - I always liked to think when he was doing his spin kick he was saying bessou! which means villa or “summer home”)
Gunlord X (turrican):
But I find myself wondering if I should include… 2048, or Zuma, or Astropop, or bubble witch saga? it’s tough, because those are so clearly in the same vein, cash grabs because of another popular thing, but they wound up supplanting or completely cannibalizing the originals, which feels a bit different?