The following information comes from a press release from Majesco, the publishers of the original game:
I remember when this was coming to DS and I was so excited to read about it! That couldn't have been 10 years ago... Man we are getting old, aren't we?
Color me surprised. I recall them saying years back they were going to make a "deluxe" version for the 3DS that never materialized, so I kind of thought the game would be forgotten. I hope this new version does well. It really is a charming game.