"I love music!"
— Play-Yan - Rhythm Tengoku

プレイやん Play-Yan
Play-Yan Megamix
Artwork from Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Gender Male
Likes Music
Appearances Rhythm Tengoku,
Rhythm Heaven,
Rhythm Heaven Fever,
Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Play-Yan is a white humanoid creature who appears in the minigame Night Walk in Rhythm Tengoku and Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

Physical Appearance

Play-Yan has a similar appearance to Marshal and the Chorus Kids. He has features similar to that of a human and an all white body. He has a large head with two large eyes and a smile.


Rhythm Tengoku

After perfecting Night Walk 2 in Rhythm Tengoku, you unlock an email called "Night Walk Information." The email tells the player that "the little guy in Night Walk" loves music, and has appeared in several other music related games. The writer of the email actually met Play-Yan on the street and tried to talk to him. Play-Yan responded only with, "I love music!" before walking away up some stairs. 

The email writer gives the player a riddle. You have to piece together the numbers to find out what his name is. The riddle goes as follows: "His name is... (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)

"In the game, the ①②③④ hits the butto⑤, and the number of h③ts goes up, right? Well, ③f you play the game and mash the butto⑤s, someth③⑤g will happe⑤. An③way, don't expect too much from ③t!"

Not only does piecing out the clues spell out "playyan", but it also tells the player about the easter egg in Quiz Show where pressing the buttons over 99 times breaks everything.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

The only information Rhythm Heaven Megamix gives us on Play-Yan is that he has an impeccable sense of rhythm and magic flowers grow in the footsteps of his presence. 




  • Play-Yan appeared as a cameo in The Dazzles, where he is shown hanging on some of the stars.
  • Play-Yan is named after the PLAY-YAN, a media player that would allow a Game Boy Advance or a Game Boy Micro to play MP3s and videos via an SD card. He would appear there as a cameo, and Night Walk would appear as a background for the menu.
  • Play-Yan is one of few characters who has appeared in all 4 games in the series, although he mostly shows up as cameos.
  • Play-Yan appears as a visualization in the Nintendo 3DS Sound application, specifically the MP3 Player. He is shown jumping on boxes to the BPM, with the music being portrayed as blue stars fading in and out in the background.
  • Play-Yan may be revealed of having a slightly childish voice, found when falling into a hole in Night Walk.
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