On 16 December 2018, the Zaibatsu disbanded when it was discovered that Matt, Pat and Woolie were no longer Super Best Friends.
Their content can be still experienced through their YouTube channel.
The Zaibatsu was born when Matt and Pat uploaded a couple of videos on their channel. After the Silent Hill: Shattered Memories episode, they were contacted by Machinima, which now hosts a series of their videos on that channel, which is usually a compilation of funny moments. On TheSw1tcher, Matt's channel, the Best Friends do full playthroughs, their first being Resident Evil 2.
Over time, more Best Friends were introduced, the first being Woolie, who initially guest-starred in the Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds episode, and is now a regular in almost every show, even hosting the Super Best Friendcast. Liam, the fourth Best Friend, made his debut in the Metroid Fusion playthrough, and has since become more prominent. Since then, their media empire has greatly expanded, and they've released a variety of content.
On December 23, 2016, Liam announced that he was leaving the Super Best Friends due to health concerns.
On December 16th, 2018, a video titled Super Best Friends (FINAL) was uploaded to their channel, wherein Matt, Pat and Woolie announce that the Super Best Friends is breaking up.
Super Best Friends were:
In association with:
- Two Best Friends Play
- Super Best Friends Play
- Super Best Friends Brawl
- Super Best Friends Watch
- Super Best Friendcast
- Friendcast Mailbag
- Friday Night Fisticuffs
- Saturday Morning Scrublords
- Matt & Woolie's Old School Playthroughs
- Best Friends Beat 'Em Ups
- Two Best Friends Funtime Adventures
- Shitstorm of Scariness
- Shitstorm 2: The Shittening
- Shitstorm 3: Shittribution
- Shitstorm 4: Matt & Pat's Scariness Marathon
- Shitstorm V: Shitsurrection
- Rustlemania 2: SuperBrawl Saturday III
- The Amazing Superfriends!
In Other Media
Other than their usual content, the Best Friends have several guest appearances outside of their own videos and podcast. These include:
- An interview on the radio show Funk Shui
- Interviews with David Giltinan
- Did You Know Gaming
- Matt & Pat on "Did You Know Gaming: Mortal Kombat"
- Matt & Pat on "Did You Know Gaming: Mortal Kombat Part 2"
- Matt & Pat on "Did You Know Gaming: Silent Hill"
- Matt on "Did You Know Gaming: Final Fight"
- Matt & Woolie on "Did You Know Gaming: Killer Instinct Part 2"
- Matt on "Did You Know Gaming: Punch-Out!!"
- Matt & Pat on "Did You Know Gaming: Silent Hill & Konami"
- Matt on "Did You Know Gaming: Double Dragon"
- Matt on "Did You Know Gaming: Prince of Persia"
- Matt on "Did You Know Gaming: Spider-Man Games"
- Xbox One Confirmed Details Rant + Roundtable Discussion with Matt, Pat, and Woolie
- GameOn Interview - Two Best Friends Play (Matt, Pat, Woolie and Liam)
- Super Best Friends Play Vs. Team Walken in Evolve round 1 and round 2
- Woolie on "The Co-Optional Podcast Ep. 51"
- Woolie Vs. Maximilian in Guilty Gear Xrd part 1 and part 2
- Matt & Woolie appear in "Welcome Home", a documentary about PAX
- Mortal Kombat X - Ghost Pepper Game Review ft. Woolie (Super Best Friends Play)
- Matt and Woolie on the SleepyCabin podcast
- The Zaibatsu in an interview with Fifty at Con Bravo 2015.
- The Zaibatsu on ZTV News Episode 7 (July 2015)
- Until Dawn - Hot Pepper Game Review ft. Matt McMuscles (Super Best Friends Play)
- Shadow Man - Eruption (ft. Matt from Super Best Friends Play)
- Yo! Vidoegames
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! Dino Rex!
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! The Karate Tournament!
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! Asura Buster!
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! Survival Arts!
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! Arabian Fight!
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! Violence Fight & Angel Eyes!
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! Metamoqester, Virtua Fighter, & Weaponlord!
- Super Best Friends X YoVideogames! Street Fighter: The Movie - The Game!
- Matt & Woolie in Spider-Man 3 The Game - Grumpcade (Ft. Super Best Friends)
- Matt in FINAL FIGHT feat. Best Friends Matt!: SF Legacy 2016 (Part 20)
- MATT & MAX PLAY: The Punisher by Capcom part one and two.
- MATT & MAX PLAY: Capcom's 'Alien VS Predator' part one and two.
- Woolie on the Bancast
- Spring 2016 Anime Impressions w/ Mother's Basement, Liam of The Sw1tcher, Best Guy Ever, & Canipa
- Matt in Batman Forever with Matt from Super Best Friends Play - James & Mike Mondays
- Street Fighting in Montréal, Part 2: Interview with Lord Jimmy Bones, JakyoManor, & WoolieWoolz
- Fall 2016 Anime Impressions w/ Mother's Basement, Liam of The Sw1tcher, GREATBLACKOTAKU, Best Guy Ever
- Matt in The Problems of Being GODZILLA! - Did You Know Movies
- Stop Skeletons From Fighting - Rule of Rose Review (ft Matt)
- Space Patrol Luluco - Weebcast ft. Misty/Chronexia, 2BFLiam, Takahata101 & Truongasm
- Growing Up Naruto - Weekly Weebcast With Woolie Woolz and Flip Anime
- Matt, Woolie, and Liam in Super Best Friends Come to Play: Urban Reign! - YoVideogames
- Matt, Woolie, and Liam in Super Best Friends Come to Play: Wrestlemania 2000! - YoVideogames
- Matt, Woolie, and Liam in Super Best Friends Come to Play: Gang Beasts! Part 1 - YoVideogames
- Jojo's Bizarre Weebcast ft. Super Eyepatch Wolf, Woolie, Antfish and Truongasm
- Matt on 11th Heaven Critical Suplex
- What's in an Intro? - 10 Great Game Openings (ft. Woolie and Liam) - Magfest Panel
- What's in an OP? - Jojo: Diamond is not Crash ft. Woolie Madden
- Pat on The Level-Clear Podcast: S2 Episode 76 - 'You Can Taste the Human Suffering'
- Pat and Woolie in Soulcalibur VI Tournament with Achievement Hunters
- Pat and Woolie in Friends Don't Lie - Deceit with Super Best Friends with Achievement Hunters
- Zaibatsu (財閥, financial clique) is a Japanese term referring to industrial and financial business conglomerates in the Empire of Japan, whose influence and size allowed control over significant parts of the Japanese economy from the Meiji period until the end of World War II.
- It's more than likely that the inspiration for the term Zaibatsu came from the TEKKEN series' Mishima Zaibatsu, which is often the sole stake of the titular King of Iron Fist Tournament to decide a fit heir.
Shown below are the different appearances of the Best Friends YouTube channel, The Sw1tcher, through the years.