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Kabuki Warriors (斬 歌舞伎 Zan Kabuki) is a 2001 fighting game released for the Xbox, shortly after the release of the console. It was published by Crave Entertainment, and co-developed by Genki and Lightweight.

Kabuki Warriors
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Developer(s)Genki, Lightweight
Composer(s)Takayuki Nakamura
  • NA: November 19, 2001
  • JP: February 28, 2002
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


Aggregate score
Review scores
AllGame     [2]
Game Informer0.5/10[5]
GamePro     [6]
OXM (US)5.9/10[10]

The game received "unfavorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[1] 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".[12]

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."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Kabuki Warriors for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Scott Alan Marriott. "Kabuki Warriors - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Edge staff (February 2002). "Kabuki Warriors Review". Edge (107). Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  4. ^ EGM staff (January 2002). "Kabuki Warriors". Electronic Gaming Monthly (150): 231.
  5. ^ a b Andy McNamara (December 2001). "Kabuki Warriors". Game Informer (104): 109. Archived from the original on June 12, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
  6. ^ Iron Monkey (November 21, 2001). "Kabuki Warriors Review for Xbox on". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 14, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Jeff Gerstmann (November 28, 2001). "Kabuki Warriors Review". GameSpot. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  8. ^ John Murrin (June 3, 2002). "Kabuki Warriors". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 17, 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Anthony Chau (December 3, 2001). "Kabuki Warriors". IGN. Archived from the original on December 4, 2001. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "Kabuki Warriors". Official Xbox Magazine. January 2002.
  11. ^ Steve Barton (December 9, 2001). "Kabuki Warriors Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Best and Worst of 2001: Worst Game". GameSpot. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2016.

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