It was only released in japan due to cultural differences. The japanese are more along the lines of hardcore gamers while they percieve americans as mostly casual players, therefore they think that americans wont buy it due to the "I already have the original" mentality.
Anyways, I ordered the game not to long ago and should be getting it shortly, for the time being Im printing the trans guide( 76 pages ftw) and watching vids of it. Hope it was worth the 80 bucks.
It is an amazing game
I bought it at Otakon 2008
It doesnt matter to me cause its in Japanese, but like I have it on all day
like its on at this second, because I dont like to turn it off cause of Swap Magic
it bugs me so I do that rarely
also its the same as the original, but theres new stuff
a definete buy even if you do have the original
well mines Final Mix+ if that makes a difference