|“||We just think it's cool 'cause a Zaibatsu is basically a Japanese business conglomerate and it's just like... this serious group of business dudes in a room y'know, and we're like 'that's the kind of corporation we wanna be if anything.||”|
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 was a regular contributor in solo and group videos until his departure from the Zaibatsu in early 2017. The Best Friend's media empire has greatly expanded since their humble beginnings, and they've released a variety of content.
- 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
- 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"
- 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 appears 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)
- 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.