The game received "unfavorable" reviews according to video game review aggregatorMetacritic. It is considered one of the worst video games of all time. Complaints were directed towards a lack of variety between characters and environments, dreadful graphics, a very limited move set, and only utilizing one button for attacks. GameSpot gave it the distinction of being named "Worst Game of 2001".
Edge, giving the game its first one-out-of-ten rating in the publication's history, described it in this way: "This isn't kabuki. It's Yie Ar Kung-Fu with blusher." Andy McNamara of Game Informer said, "Quite frankly, this game is a joke. The fighters you face early on are so easy to beat, 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. Some of the warriors are cool to look at with all their elaborate garb and authentic dance, but the fighting is pathetic." Similarly, the game was a commercial and financial failure for Crave Entertainment.