One of the many [[FightingGame fighting games]] [[FollowTheLeader that tried to copy]] ''MortalKombat''.

Released for the short-lived [[{{ThreeDOInteractiveMultiplayer}} 3DO]], '''''Way of the Warrior''''' was one of the first Creator/NaughtyDog creations. It was largely made in basements and houses of the developers, using their friends to represent the digitized, live-action fighters.

During the early stages, it received good previews. In the end, however, it was panned by critics. The fact that it was released on the 3DO (which had controllers that were difficult to use) did not help at all. Nevertheless, it is considered better than most ''Mortal Kombat'' imitators of the time.

The music was composed by RobZombie, implying that the game has ''a lot'' of {{awesome music}}. It also has an interesting plot overall. But the gameplay was plainly disastrous, a fact hard to overlook.

''Way of the Warrior'' has left a lot of people with a bitter taste in the mouth, thinking about WhatCouldHaveBeen had the game had smoother coding.

Even so, ''Way of the Warrior'' was considered good enough to give Naughty Dog the chance to keep producing games, which ended up in video game jewels like ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot1996'', ''JakAndDaxter'', and ''{{Uncharted}}''.
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!! This game provides examples of:

* AnimeChineseGirl: Nikki-Chan.
* BonusBoss: With some trouble, you could fight [[{{Palette Swap}} palette swap]]s of Fox, Dragon, and Major Gaines; beating them would net you a fight with Gulab Jamun.
* BreathWeapon: Shaky Jake shoots fire out of his mouth. Blame the Jim Bean.
* BruceLeeClone: If not this, what else would you call Dragon?
* ConspicuousCG: Kull [[spoiler:and the High Abbot]].
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: High Abbot and Kull can cast every Skull Magic spell.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: One stage is set on a platform floating on a pool of [[strike:orange Jell-O]] lava.
* CultSoundTrack: One of the selling points (And arguably the only thing that people still like) about this game was the soundtrack by Music/WhiteZombie.
* DemBones: Kull. Also the announcer, a talking skull.
* DigitizedSprites
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The ninja character bears the descriptive moniker of... ''Ninja''. Fun fact: he was portrayed by Jason Rubin, the co-founder of Naughty Dog.
* FollowTheLeader: From ''Mortal Kombat'', of course. Supposedly, this game was made to secure seed money from publisher Universal Interactive Studios for the creation of ''Crash Bandicoot'' in exchange for a ''Mortal Kombat'' killer.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The graveyard stage comes up early in the tournament ladder; the final boss is in the background.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The entire cast went heavy on the puns, except for [[TheVoiceless Fox.]]
** The fatalities seem to attract this:
--> '''Konotori:''' (Decapitating the opponent) "What's the matter? Lose your head?"
--> '''The Ninja:''' (Disemboweling the opponent) "You don't have the guts."
--> '''Shakey Jake:''' (Impaling the opponent on his staff) "Stick with it!"
** To a lesser extent, Skull Magic:
--> '''High Abbot:''' (Performing the shrinking spell) "''Low'' Abbot!"
* IaijutsuPractitioner: Nobunaga.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The [[spoiler: High Abbot]] is essentially this.
* JumpPhysics: The characters leap like they're on the ''moon''.
* NotDrawnToScale: The game tried to mimic ''SamuraiShodown'''s scaling backgrounds and combatants depending on their distance from one another, but there's very little consistency in how the fighters get zoomed. At one point, one character will tower over another; the next they will be evenly sized.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Nobunaga...[[OdaNobunaga Nobunaga, Hm...]]
* SuperMode: Major Gaines, thanks to modified steroids, can grow bigger and stronger using a special command.
* UnderwearOfPower: Gulab Jamun.
* TheVoiceless: Fox, who's voice track consists of various grunts. He was supposed to have normal spoken lines, but the voice actor became unavailable at the last minute and they decided to go with the grunting.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Dragon and Major Gaines.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: An arcade version was planned and made it to prototype, but was cancelled shortly after.