everytime the japanese people are getting a game later than US/Europe they are getting a much much prettier limited edition thingy with it (you remember the metroid fusion gba, right?!), so i dont understand why you should be lucky to live in the US as a 'real' collector
... the proof is here:
they've not only made a remake of the genesis game, they've also made a remake of the original genesis box. this is one of the nicest limited editions floating around, imho and i'm really glad that i've ordered one!