The new 40GB PS3 and Dual Shock 3 pad have met with a lukewarm reception in Japan. Both launched in Japan yesterday, but as the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper is reporting, demand for both products has been rather subdued so far. No queues were seen forming outside of retailers, and both console and pad are still widely available.
According to Gamefront.de, unconfirmed retailer reports suggest that around 36,000 PS3s were sold (of which 31,000 were the new 40GB model) on the first day, with around 70,000-100,000 Dual Shock 3 pads. Exact figures are expected by the end of the week. While these sales figures (assuming they're true, of course) aren't exactly shabby, given the hysteria that normally grips Japan following a new hardware launch, they're a little underwhelming.