The game was universally panned by critics. Receiving a 1.4 out of 10 on GameSpot, it earned the distinction of being named "Worst Game of 2001", and to date is the only game to have received a 1 out of 10 from Edge magazine since its inception in 1993. Game Informer gave the game a .5, with the comment by editor Andy McNamara, "I literally won a match just bashing the controller against my ass. I wish I was joking, but the score is seriously Kabuki Warriors zero, my ass one." Similarly, the game was a commercial and financial failure for Crave Entertainment.