After a little quick searching, I found a fix. The 72 pin connector can be replaced! This supposedly fixes 90% of the issues. I then stumbled upon this website http://www.nintendorepairshop.com/. I looked at the site and even found a kit that comes with a security bit to remove the games motherboard from the case. The kit itself is only $17.99. They also just sell the 72 Pin connector for $9.49. I purchased the kit and replaced the connector and......It worked. The repair was pretty simple and straight forward. A few times I had to re-insert a few games, a good cleaning also helped, but I was back and gaming on my NES like it was brand new.
The site is great. Not only do they sell those kits but they also sell accessories for all Nintendo systems. For good measure they sell accessories for two non Nintendo consoles, the Sega Genesis and the PS2. This site gets even better. They sell games and even have a Trade-In addition to the site for your games and consoles.
All in all this site fits the retro gamers needs. They have videos on how to do the repairs and cleaning if needed. Also, if you don't feel up to repairing your console yourself, then you can send them in and for around $30 get them repaired. One last addition is the fact that they still accept checks, for those who don't have credit or debit or for people who don't like to use there cards online. The customer service is also an A+. If your a retro only gamer or collector then you should give them a look a see what you think.