Holy crap! It worked! You guys are awesome. I guess after all those years of blowing into an NES, I should have thought to try that. :) Some traditions never die... LOL. The only bad thing about this is that I had traded in my Mario Kart because I thought I'd never be able to play it again without buying another system. Oh well, at least I'm back in action. gdgt rules!
Again, I owe you big time for the recommendation. The blowing trick is continuing to work, but since I have to keep doing it, there must be some gnarly pocket lint floating around in there. I have the screw driver to take it apart and clean it, so that is on my to-do list. Thanks to you all, though, I am finally playing the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV and it is turning out to be one of my favorite RPGs. It is so much better than the original. :) Next in line... Chrono Trigger, which I never got to play on the SNES. Thanks!!!
Seriously... put your lips around the shoulder buttons and blow! I am NOT kidding, my right trigger has been dead (on and off) for over a year, but one good huff and it cleans the contacts out and gets it back up and running for days/weeks at a time before needing it again.