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Ex-Halo composer would love to compose music for Master Chief's entry into Super Smash Bros. but hasn't been approached

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 9, 2021 at 7:28 p.m. PST • Comments: 14

It's still crazy to think that Banjo-Kazooie and Steve are playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate considering that both intellectual properties are owned by Microsoft. Somehow, the idea of Halo's Master Chief joining the roster doesn't seem as farfetched as it used to.

Recently, Martin O'Donnell, ex-Halo composer, was interviewed by Kiwi Talkz. "If you were approached [by Nintendo], would you be open to composing a remix if Master Chief ended up in Super Smash Bros.?" asked Kiwi Talkz. The question ended up prompting some laughter from O'Donnell.

"I'd love to be asked," responded the ex-Halo composer. "Isn't Master Chief in something? He's in some sort of brawler. I don't think he has shown up in... or has he? Has he shown up in Smash Bros.?"

While it's interesting to hear how O'Donnell needed clarification on this before answering, it's entirely possible that he was thinking about Master Chief's recently revealed guest appearance in Fortnite.

"I haven't been asked by Microsoft to do anything in the last decade or so," stated O'Donnell. "Microsoft still owns the intellectual property and they for some reason have not asked me to do anything."

"I haven't been asked by Microsoft to do anything in the last decade or so. Microsoft still owns the intellectual property and they for some reason have not asked me to do anything. If Nintendo asked me, that'd be great. I'd love to do that." - Martin O'Donnell

While O'Donnell originally composed Halo music for Microsoft exclusive games like Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, he appears to be open to the idea composing a remix for Nintendo.

"If Nintendo asked me, that'd be great," continued O'Donnell. "I'd love to do that."

This definitely seems to imply that O'Donnell hasn't been approached by Nintendo to compose a Halo remix for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Needless to say, this does appear to hurt Master Chief's chances as a DLC challenger via the last three Fighters Pass Vol. 2 slots.

It's worth noting that Grant Kirkhope, the composer for the Banjo-Kazooie series, initially told fans that he "wouldn't hold [his] breath" for the bear-and-bird duo joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before this was revealed to be the case. He said this knowing full well that development had started because he had been hired to compose the Spiral Mountain theme in January 2019.

Still, the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 already features a Microsoft representative with the addition of Minecraft's Steve. Personally, I think it's unlikely that two characters from the same third party company could be featured within the same Fighters Pass package.

But stranger things have certainly happened with regards to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcements. Perhaps we'll see Master Chief duking it out with the likes of Mario in Super Smash Bros. someday.

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