A friend that works at GameStop just sent this to me. If this turns out to be true, I assume this is the Vita re-released "R" version? We rarely get the Tales handheld titles so it'd be cool if we did indeed end up getting this.
I tried the Japanese demo and it was not only hard as balls but also pretty fun. I've also had both of those impressions confirmed by a friend that played the game. Don't know why some people here seem to dislike the game.
I'd play it. I have trouble finding the motivation to sit in front of my TV for that long for a Tales of game. I'd rather play it on Vita, even if it is inferior in some way that I'm not even aware of.
tbh though Tales of Hearts had that weird initial DS version too since it was like 'real life Tekken style models' vs. 'anime style' for the event scenes... so perhaps it was just intended to be the experimental Tales where they just changed a ton of shit around that they normally don't do, lol.