Ikegami Tsushinki partnered with Nintendo to make Donkey Kong, then got into a legal spat with them, (which IT won, hence why Nintendo doesn't own the arcade version of DK), prompting IT to team up with Sega and make a game that's pretty much isometric Donkey Kong. Thank you to Jeremy Parish for making me aware of this connection.
An unusual case, in that Rippin' Riders is actually a Cool Boarders game in Japan, but had to be renamed for the US, because Sony owns the American rights to the Cool Boarders brand.
That reminds me of the Rubble Saver 1 and 2 on the Gameboy. In Japan they were both published by King Records. Outside of Japan the first game (which is actually a quasi-remake of Miracle Ropitt on the Famicom) was published by Taito under the name "The Adventures of Star Saver". The second one however, was published by Infogrames (Europe only, I think), simply titled "Max". Some game journalists at the time were even calling Max out for being a blatant Star Saver clone.
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An unusual case, in that X-COM creator Julian Gollop was originally heading Dreamland Chronicles, its successor, but the game was canned and sold off to Altar Interactive, who retooled it into UFO: Aftermath.