The first day of the 2013 Pokémon World Championships has been full of incredible action and fun right from the very beginning. The tournament began early Saturday morning with exciting news about Pokémon X and Pokémon Y straight from game director Junichi Masuda himself. Then the nearly 600 Pokémon TCG and video game players began their matches, with each competitor focused on becoming the next World Champion.

Throughout the day, players battled through the Swiss rounds and into single elimination. Now that today’s last battles have concluded, only a handful of players remain in the tournament, setting up epic final matches all day long on Sunday.

Be sure to visit Pokemon.com/Worlds on Sunday where we'll have coverage of the finals, as well as one-on-ones with the new Pokémon World Champions! And remember to watch the matches live at www.twitch.tv/pokemon.