Remember how Blockbuster used to rent consoles as well as games, so you could play a couple of major exclusives without having to buy the system outright? GAME definitely seems to, because their new promotion lets you do just that for £19.99 -- and a big deposit, mind.
GAME's 'Play All Summer Long' offer came to our attention via their Southend and Telford branch, who revealed the simple logic behind the scheme. It's technically a guaranteed price trade-in arrangement as opposed to a conventional rental, since you'll buy a Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PS3 or Xbox 360 for between £89.99 - £179.99. However, you'll then be guaranteed a trade-in price of £19.99 less than you spent if you bring it back before September 4th.
The net result being that, by Autumn, you've only spent £20 all-told and have effectively rented the system for a small fee. Naturally you'll have to get some games, though! However, as Late points out in the comments below, you should ask a staff member to clarify whether there's a difference between the store credit and cash values.
Presumably GAME will be keen for you to keep the system after the cut-off date, but nevertheless, it's a nice idea that almost lets you 'trial' a console before deciding whether or not to buy outright. If you're undecided about Vita or Wii U ownership, for example, this could be a fairly neat way to find out if you're a perfect match.
What do you make of it? Note that, since Wii U eShop games are synced with the console, you'd be advised to only play disc-based games on a rental system. [via GameBrit]