crystaldefweek.png[Every week, sister site GamerBytes' editor Ryan Langley passes along the top console digital download news tidbits from the past 7 days, including brand new game announcements and scoops through the world of Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and WiiWare.]

This week's releases include FunTown Mahjong for Xbox Live Arcade - a quite serious take on the rules of Chinese Mahjong, unlike the recent PSN title Mahjong Tales, which was based on the more American known Mahjong Solitaire.

WiiWare got Niki: Rock & Ball, an arcad-ey game in the vein of Pang! or Snow Bros.. Nothing for North America on PSN this week, but Europe finally got the first episode of Penny Arcade Adventures.

The big stories this week were that Square-Enix are taking digital download very seriously, with their iPhone Tower Defense game Crystal Defenders making its way to every console, and their Taito division working hard on Bubble Bobble Wii.

Here are the top stories for the week:

Xbox Live Arcade

FunTown Mahjong Now Available On XBLA
Popular Chinese game now available. Now, if only I knew how to play it...

Interview: Twisted Pixel On Creating The Maw
Our friend Terry Sirup over at has got in touch with developer Twisted Pixel games about last week's Xbox Live Arcade title The Maw. Frank Wilson lets us find out the workings behind their first foray into creating a new IP.

Gamasutra Interview: Jonathan Blow: The Next Phase
Gamasutra talks to Braid creator Jonathon Blow about what he's up to next.

The Maw To Recieve New DLC Levels
Three new "deleted scenes" are on their way in the coming months.

PlayStation Network

EU PSN Store Update - Penny Arcade Episode 1
After a few months of delays, the first episode of Penny Arcade is now available on the European PlayStation Network.

Age Of Booty Update In February - Trophies For PSN, Avatars For Xbox 360
Big updates for Age Of Booty next month to coincide with the PC release.

Noby Noby Boy Scheduled For Mid-February
The most bizarre PSN game to date, and out in less than a month's time.


NA WiiWare Update: Niki: Rock & Ball
A single release for this week's WiiWare roundup - a 2D single screen platformer which includes... rocks and balls.

Square Enix To Release Crystal Defenders On All Platforms
The popular iPod/iPhone Tower Defense game is making its way to everything under the sun.

Bubble Bobble Remake Coming To WiiWare - 4 Player Chaos Included
First screenshots of Bubble Bubble Wii are in the latest Famitsu magazine.

Pole's Big Adventure - NES Action On WiiWare
Sega is making a sarcastic Famicom game. You heard me.

Super Meat Boy Heading To The Wii
Can everyone's favorite piece of meat save his girlfriend once more on WiiWare?