do you know about "The Trial of Kharzoid" (a new NES game still in wip, kickstarter shall be released in March)
If I got it right it also mixing rpg with the style of games like arkaniod.
With the very best wishes and just the best for you and your projects!
Edit: I just looked it up again, to share a link and saw that I was wrong it is mixing metroidvania with with arkanoid style of game (wich is makeing it to a arkanoidvania).
Here is the link to the site nevertheless...: https://theoldgamemaker.itch.io/the-trial-of-kharzoid