Maybe the Mario bit wasn't in the original game. Everything else was, more or less. Kaharat (which means bald head, appropriately enough) isn't just dressed up in Prince of Persia pixels; he becomes the character, odd gait, hesitated jumping, sword-fighting and all. I'd take this over Chesty Jake any day.
In ancient Persia he would have been a hero. Today's he's just another one of Mario's conquests.
Real Prince of Persia! [YouTube - Thanks, Yotam!]