Carl Williams writes, "The debut of the Turbo Grafx-16 was a tough launch for NEC. This was probably due to a couple of reasons, one, this was their first console and not ever launch title is going to be a hit with fans. Secondly, their lack of understanding what North American gamers wanted hurt throughout the consoles’ life. It didn’t help at all that the Japanese parent company was pulling the strings as far as what was released here and what wasn’t (this could be why we didn’t get Street Fighter II, anything from Konami and many other Japan exclusives). China Warrior is surely one of those titles that was a “direct order” from Japan to release. Effectively, China Warrior is the “tech demo” for the Turbo Grafx-16, much like Altered Beast and Last Battle were for the Sega Genesis."