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Reports that Barack Obama collects amiibo have no basis in fact

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

President Barack Obama, a noted Nintendo fan, hosted a handful of YouTube creators in the East Wing of the White House today to talk about his State of the Union address. But the most important questions came from viewers: Are those amiibo in the background? Does Obama have amiibo in the White House? Is Obama an amiibo collector?

No. Not exactly.

First, those aren't amiibo. Take another look.

Let's enhance.

They're Jakks Pacific's line of "World of Nintendo" toys. There are no Bullet Bill, Shy Guy or Bob-omb amiibo, for one thing. Second, those toys — which also include some Simpsons figures, a Millennium Falcon and a Mattel hoverboard — are part of a set built for YouTube creator Adande "Swoozie" Thorne. (It's worth noting that set used to include a Sonic the Hedgehog figure, which was replaced with Nintendo characters, further reinforcing Obama's transparent fanboyism.)

The bad news is that Obama is apparently not an amiibo collector and is therefore unlikely to help enact legislation to outlaw retailer exclusives during his final year in office. The silver lining is that amiibo collectors won't have to compete with the commander in chief for Roy.