If we were to bet on whether the big N will produce a Nintendo 64 Classic / Mini in the next couple of years, we'd put our money on that happening. The success of the NES and SNES models has clearly got the company's attention, as it's been putting effort into distributing decent stock for the latest system and is preparing to bring the NES back. Nintendo has looked at the sales and online demand and realised that it's sitting on easy money.
So, we reckon there are good odds that the Nintendo 64 will happen. However, there's been a bit of buzz about a supposedly new list of game manuals for N64 games, and some are excitedly speculating that the line-up of 19 games could be an inadvertent leak of the prospective N64 Mini's library. Well if it is it'll be a coincidence, because it is in fact an old list.
Former Nintendo Life writer and N64 expert actually tweeted about the list back in January this year.
On top of that, when you look at the Sin and Punishment manual it's actually a reproduction of the European Virtual Console manual, so it's not even a quality scan of the original.
As for why the files were uploaded in the past (possibly before January this year) it may have simply been an informal project or a nice gesture, offering scans for some well known game manuals. Of course, there's always a chance that a potential N64 Mini could have those games on them, but we doubt this is any kind of smoking gun or leak.
Still, we're excited about the potential for a Nintendo 64 Classic / Mini, but don't think old Virtual Console PDFs are proof.
With thanks to Martin Watts for the heads up and information.