Here are a couple more games for the list. The first one I just foolishly forgot about. The 2nd one I was unaware of at the time of writing.
Marvelous: Mouhitotsu no Takarajima (translates to something like Marvelous: Another Treasure Island, Super NES, Nintendo, 1996
This is an interesting one and I’ve wanted to play it for some time. I’m not sure why it was never released in the West but it’s release late in the Super NES lifespan may have been a factor. Basically, this is a Zelda wannabe with a Treasure Island theme, starring a few boys instead of just a single Link lookalike. This game was not developed by Shigeru Miyamoto’s Nintendo EAD team but by a different division within Nintendo. However, Miyamoto was impressed by the effort and many of the key contributors, notably Eiji Aonuma, are now head honchos on the Zelda development team. Unfortunately, there still isn’t a fan translation of this game so it looks like it’ll be awhile before I get to play it.
3D Dot Game Heroes PlayStation 3, Silicon/From Software, 2009
This downloadable game would go in the out-and-out clones section. Unlike the other games with that distinction, 3D Dot is well aware of what it is and couldn’t be happier. The game uses modern capabilities to pull off a look that is strongly suggestive of the 1980s without actually looking like some NES cast-off. This game just came out in the West but the early reviews are positive.