Nintendo 3DS players pull prize-winning catches from the depths of their stereoscopic screens in Reel Fishing Paradise, as Natsume's long-running fishing sim series makes its maiden voyage on the handheld platform. In the standard modes of play, photorealistic scenes appear in the upper screen, with an interactive, spin-to-wind representation of the reel in the bottom screen. When following a fish, the top-screen perspective drops beneath the waves for an animated, up-close, 3D view, as the prey strikes the lure. Hooked fish fight back, in a simulation of their species' natural behaviors, pulling away in different directions or leaping above the surface during the ensuing battle. Fishing takes place in a variety of freshwater and ocean locations. In addition to dozens of species of fish, virtual anglers can collect a custom tackle box full of lures, rods, and reels, some of which offer special abilities.